Elaine C Smith talks about the different dialects and words she encountered during her Glaswegian upbringing, her teaching career in Edinburgh and her panto performances in Aberdeen. She comments on the regional variations from the Borders to the North East. Elaine's favourite word is 'dreich ' but she enjoys the liveliness of Scots language in everyday speech.
Could be used as a starting point to encourage students to reflect on Scots words that have real significance for them, especially language that they might associate with particular places. After watching the clip, students could try to identify words and phrases in their own language and investigate which places they originated from. Additionally, students could source a large map of Scotland and pin on labels for words that are associated with certain parts of Scotland. Ask students to write a bit of pantomime dialogue using Scots words and references. Students could then create posters which feature words we associate with certain parts of the country with pictures from those areas.